Marvel’s Phase 3: What I Expect

We’re only a few weeks from Marvel’s Phase 3 beginning with Agents of SHIELD: Season 3 coming on September 29th. Here, we’ll go over what I’m personally expecting for Phase 3,  piece by piece. Spoilers ahead, and I’ll only talk about movies and shows that have been confirmed, meaning nothing about a possible SHIELD season 4, despite the high likelihood of it.

It’ll start with Agents of SHIELD season 3 on September 29, 2015. It took me forever to finish Season 2, hence the cutting it close to the start of the new season, but I have to say, that season finale lived up to the hype.

So we leave off the last season with Cal brainwashed and back to normal (or, at least, as close to normal as he can be), the Inhuman attack on SHIELD stopped, the SHIELD War ended, and Simmons being kidnapped by that thing from 2001: A Space Odyssey. So where does that bring us in Season 2? Please note that I didn’t watch any of the promotional materials for the new season, or the Comic Con/D23 panels.

First of all, Coulson put Skye in charge of a team of Inhumans; a form of mini-Avengers team of sorts that is run by SHIELD and does more stealth stuff, so they don’t get noticed. I think I heard the term “Skye’s Secret Warriors” batted around, which I enjoy. All that should be pretty straightforward, and the first few episodes will probably be filler showcasing the team, which will remain important throughout the season.Coulson gets a new hand, which is black, though we don’t know what it’s made of. I’m guessing something to do with the stone tablet thingamajig, and made by Simmons? Oh, this is where it gets interesting.

My thought is that, when the tablet took Simmons, it wasn’t for long. Maybe a few minutes, or a few days or something. She’ll almost definitely come out, but I doubt it’ll be fully Simmons: my guess is that she’ll be possessed by something Kree inside the tablet, which will cause her to want to kill off all the Inhumans. She’ll be a baddie for most of the season, but also expect at least some, probably a lot, of Fitzsimmons shipping in this season, probably ending with her cured, them an actual couple, and a nice makeout scene.

Also, a pilot has been ordered for a spin-off TV show, called “Marvel’s Most Wanted”, starring Nick Blood and Adrianne Palicki as their SHIELD characters Lance Hunter and Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse. It’s way too late for that to come on yet though, so I’d guess wait another few months to a year for that. We’ll get to it.

After that, we’ll have Netflix’s “Jessica Jones”, set to premiere in December of 2015. Jessica, played by Krysten Ritter, is a former street-level superhero called Jewel, who had super strength and could fly. After being controlled by the psychic “Purple Man” Zebediah Kilgrave (portrayed here by David Tennant) she left the superheroing business and became a private eye, which is where we see her today. This show will also introduce Mike Colter’s Luke Cage, a man with unbreakable skin and superhuman strength. In the comics the two married, so chances are it’ll go down the same road here. From the looks of things, Kilgrave will be the big bad of the series, and the story will follow Jessica as she deals with what he did to her, probably becoming a superhero again by the time “The Defenders” rolls around in a few years.

    Also, for anyone expecting to see them in Civil War, I doubt it. While there may be a reference or cameo, their street-level fights probably will give them limited screen time in theaters. If they show up anywhere, if guess the Spider-Man solo movie. Same goes for the other Netflix shows.

Next is Peggy Carter season 2, sometime in early 2016. Since the last one started in January, I’ll assume this one will too. It takes place six months after the season one finale, and Peggy will be in Los Angeles instead of New York. Also, we should expect to see more of Jarvis and Agent Sousa as well. There’s also rumor of Agent Thompson, Dottie, and Angie returning for the new season. I’m not entirely sure what to expect out of this, except that maybe it’ll come closer to turning SSR into SHIELD.

I’ll guess that April 2016 will feature the return of the hit show “Daredevil”. There’s been a lot going out about this show, the most notorious pieces of information being the casting of Jon Bernthal and Elodie Yung, cast as The Punisher and Electra, respectively. This means the season will be epic.

Described as “Daredevil vs. Punisher”, this season will follow the two as they try to clean up the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, clashing along the way due to their differing ideals. The Big Bad I’m thinking will probably be Vanessa Fisk, fiance/wife of The Kingpin, who swore revenge on Daredevil at the end of Season 1. Chances are the two heroes will be putting their differences aside to fight against her and her hired muscle, which is confirmed to include an unannounced actor playing Bullseye. Last season also hinted towards The Gladiator (Melvin Potter, the guy who made Daredevil’s suit) and Stilt-Man (whose stilts were seen in Potter’s shop).

Seriously, this season will be more epic than the last one. I can’t wait.

The first actual movie in Phase 3 will be “Captain America 3: Civil War” on May 6, 2016. Obviously the third movie in the Captain America franchise, this movie is going to change the entire superhero landscape by pitting Captain America against Iron Man. This movie was based off of a comic book arc from the mid-2000s of the same name, where the US government made a law stating that all superhumans must register with the government, referred to as the “Superhuman Registration Act”. This is very similar to the main plot point of the first X-Men movie. All superheroes and villains are split, with Iron Man leading the pro-registration side, called the “Mighty Avengers” and Captain America leading the anti-registration side, called the “Secret Avengers”.

This movie will also be the introduction to a number of characters:

  1. The new Spider-Man, Tom Holland. The first actual teenage live-action Spider-Man. I don’t think I need to explain much more about him.
  2. Baron Helmut Zemo, played by Daniel Bruhl. In the comics, he was the son of a high-ranking Nazi who Cap fought during World War II, who is a slowly-aging genius with a helmet superglued to his head.
  3. T’challa, better known as the Black Panther, portrayed by Chadwick Boseman. The king of the fictional african nation of Wakanda, where vibranium is found. This was the country that Ultron visited Ulysses Klaw in during Age of Ultron. The Black Panther mantel is passed down along with the kingship, so his identity is well-known. He’ll most likely be a third-party player in this movie, while showing him off in preparation for his own.
  4. Martin Freeman is playing an unknown role. Usually I wouldn’t pay any mind to unknown roles. but they hired an A-list actor for it, so that piqued my interest. He stated that he was going to be a government agent

Also, General “Thunderbolt” Ross will be making his first appearance since “Hulk” and we’ll be seeing a lot more of Crossbones, who was introduced briefly in “Winter Soldier”. Thunderbolt will probably be a stand-in for the US government, while also having a personal vendetta against Banner. Crossbones is a mercenary, and… well, let’s just say he has an important place in this arc. More on that later.

The teams were recently leaked, so here it is:

On the side of the Mighty Avengers, we’ll have Iron Man(team leader), War Machine (Good friend and government agent), The Vision, Black Widow, Black Panther, as well as the US government, probably represented by General Ross, Abomination, and Martin Freeman’s character. There’s been talk of a double agent, who I’ll guess is Black Widow, whose best friends are Hawkeye and Cap, both of whom are on the opposing team. It’s also rumored that Spider-Man will fight Captain America at one point, putting him on this side as well. I also want to see the introduction of Norman Osborn here, pre-Goblin, both for the Spider-Man solo movie and my personal hopes for Phase 4. Baron Zemo is another good guess for this side, probably connected to HYDRA and possibly the Ten Rings as well. Maybe the stolen Pym Particles from Ant-Man will show up here too, since I don’t know where else they may show.

Opposing them, we’ll probably have Captian America (Team Leader),Falcon (good friend), Ant-Man, Wasp (the Hope van Dyne version; this is one of my unconfirmed guesses), and Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and the Winter Soldier. Hank Pym will probably be supporting this side, due to his dislike of Stark.

I also expect them to play with the Vision/Scarlet Witch romance some, especially if they’re on opposing sides.

Thor and Hulk are both confirmed not to appear. However, Tony may create the Thor clone Ragnarok, like he did in the actual comic. Which would be awesome, and a good fight in case the real Thor made it out of his solo movie alive.

In the comics, the war ended when Cap turned himself in to stop the fighting, but he was assassinated by Crossbones. Who was introduced in Winter Soldier, and pictures have shown him in armor, so he’ll have a bigger role in this. Probably third party. Anyways, after his death, Bucky took up the Captain America mantle. Now, there’s a good chance this will happen in the movie, and either he or Falcon will take up the role. I’m guessing Bucky, but we’ll have to wait and find out.

The effects in expecting, outside of Cap’s death, are: Tony Stark taking over as director of SHIELD (and in so doing possibly learning that Coulson is alive), the Avengers roster dramatically changing, and so much I can’t even think of right now.

Let’s throw Marvel’s Most Wanted here, because why not?

Pretty much this show will be the two hunting down minor villains and criminals with superpowers. It’ll be a good way to introduce some minor fan favorites into the MCU.

The next movie on our list, coming out on November 4, 2016, is Doctor Strange, featuring everyone’s favorite Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch (sorry Downie) as the Sorcerer Supreme.

Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange is an ex-neurosurgeon who, after getting in a car crash and going to an ancient wise man to return the use of his hands, becomes one of the most powerful magicians in existence (The Ancient One, played here by Tilda Swinton). Called the “Sorcerer Supreme”, he has many magical abilities, including the ability to separate his soul from his body to enter the “Astral Plane”, a place only accessible psychically. He can just sit in his home, meditating, while mentally battling otherworldly demons in a non-physical plane. And his house is called the Sanctum Sanctorum. Can you get any cooler than that?.

Villain-wise, Chiwitel Ejiofor has been cast as Baron Karl Mordo, another person who was apprenticed to the Ancient One, Strange’s mentor. After Strange learned of Mordo’s plot to kill the Ancient One, he prevented it and Mordo was kicked out of apprenticeship. He has since become Strange’s arch-nemesis, and asking if he were in the movie would be like asking if there’s be Joker in a Batman movie, or Green Goblin in a Spider-Man movie. It just happens.

What’s interesting about Strange is that he is very closely connected to the Infinity Stones, the stones of power that Thanos wants to use to become a god. There are six stones, and four of which have already been shown. These are the Space Stone (Tesseract), the Mind Stone (Loki’s Scepter) the Reality Stone (The Aether) and the Power Stone, (the Orb from Guardians of the Galaxy). That leaves two left to find: the stones of Time and Soul. It would make sense that at least one of those would be introduced in this movie. He’ll probably fight to either get it or protect it from Thanos’ underlings. I’m thinking the Time Gem, due to the possible inclusion of Adam Warlock in Guardians 2, though “Thor: Ragnarok” has the chance of introducing one of them as well.

Something else about this movie that’s mind blowing is that some people believe Strange will be connected to “Ant-Man’s”Quantum Realm, possibly leading to the introduction of Eternity, the revival of Janet van Dyne, the first Wasp, or both. Which would very much change the MCU.

As we reach December 2016, I’m guessing we’ll also receive “Luke Cage” at this time, due to the six-month plan for Netflix. I’m almost completely sure that we’ll be seeing more of Miss Jessica Jones as well, at this point probably dating Luke Cage. I’m thinking that Atlas will show up as an antagonist, impersonating Luke after his heroics in Jessica Jones. Black Mariah is a possibility for a Big Bad, but I really don’t know enough about Luke to figure all this out.

The story will probably be about Cage getting out of prison and trying to be a better person, eventually meeting Jessica Jones, falling in love, and becoming a crime fighter. That’s pretty simple.

Also, despite Danny Rand, the Iron Fist, being Cage’s best friend in the comics, don’t expect him to appear in this show. This will be explained when we reach his show.

Going along with our “Netflix April-December” theory, we have “Iron Fist” coming next. While there’s been no release year confirmed for this or “The Defenders”, 2017 this space makes the most logical sense. For those unaware, the Iron Fist is actually Danny Rand, who was gifted with the mystical powers of Shou-Lao the Undying and gained the ability to focus his chi, or spiritual energy, and use it to augment himself to become the peak of human shape, physically and mentally. While I doubt that the grounded Netflix universe will include such mystical powers, his backstory here will probably include lots of training from his father, who initially earned the power but turned it down, and a lot from the soldiers in K’un-Lun, where the power is from, plus a little magic and chinese mysticism.

As the story goes, his father, Wendell Rand, journeyed to the city, which only materializes on earth once every decade, and saved the life of the ruler, Lord Tuan, who made Wendell his heir, much to the dismay of Tuan’s son, Yu-Ti. Wendell married a local woman and had a daughter, named Miranda, and settled down in the city. However, after about a decade, near when the city would again return to earth, some of Yu-Ti’s men killed his wife, and a grief-stricken Wendell left his daughter and returned to Earth, where he became a successful businessman, remarried, and had another child: Danny.

When Danny was nine, Wendell took him, his mother, and his partner Harold Meachum to visit K’un-Lun. On the way there, Wendell slid over an icy cliff, but grabbed onto the edge. Unfortunately, Meachum forced him to fall due to his greed of wanting all of Wendell’s holdings. Later, Danny’s mother was killed protecting her brother from wolves. Danny was taken in by the locals of K’un-Lun, while Meachum returned to earth and took over Wendell’s estate. Vowing to avenge the deaths of his parents, he studied under Lei Kung the Thunderer, K’un-Lun’s greatest warrior. When he was 19, he earned the power of the Iron Fist, by killing the mystic serpent Shou-Lao the Undying.

This is when I believe the story will begin. Danny chose to return to earth, where he will seek revenge on Meechum. Meechum knew of Danny’s survival, and when he would return, so, when the time came, he put a $10,000 open bounty on his head, which caused him to have to deal with a number of costumed bounty hunters. This would provide a fun time for the show. If Bullseye survives Daredevil Season 2, expect  him to show up here too.

Meechum isn’t killed by the Fist, however. Instead, the deed is done by The Ninja, an assassin who serves Master Kahn, though I think that instead the Big Bad here will be Silver Serpent, a martial artist who was exiled from K’un-Lun, as well as the son of Fist’s mentor, Lei Kung. His presence will be explained in a moment. Iron Fist is blamed for the murder, but with the help of two people (who will probably be Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, possibly Daredevil too in this show), he clears himself.

Now doesn’t that sound like a good show?

Steel Serpent was hinted towards in “Daredevil” Season 1, since Madam Gao’s heroine packets have his symbol on them. She talked about returning to a land “much farther than China”, and a city that is in a parallel dimension for ten years straight would definitely qualify. Rumor has it that she’s actually the Crane Mother, Serpent’s partner in crime.

Serpent is a superior martial artist to Fist, and also has the same powers as him, because he stole them from him. So, if he shows, expect there to an episode or so of a depowered Fist trying to fight Steel Serpent with the Iron Fist powers. However, when he dies, the power returns to Danny.

And now the show that we’ve all been waiting for: The Defenders.

Coming out in (probably) December, this show will feature Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and probably others, like Punisher and Electra. There’s also rumors of either Doctor Strange or a supporting movie character, like Hawkeye or Black Widow, joining them. Pretty much The Defenders are a street-level Avengers-type team.

There have been rumors of the demon Mephisto, aka the “Devil” from the Ghost Rider movies, being the villain. However, due to heavily featuring in Daredevil without being the main villain, and since it’s doubtful that they’ll be the villains in any of the other shows, chances are they’ll be fighting The Hand, a powerful ninja clan. They’re the ones who employed Nobu, and also the ones who brought the “Black Sky” kid that scared Stick so much. I have a feeling that we’ll see the end to that story arc here. However, expect them to still feature in the other shows to some minor extent.

For those of you who were wondering what Black Sky is, it’s new to the shows, and not from the comics. Personally, I think that Black Sky was an enslaved Inhuman child that they wanted to use to bring New York to its knees. I have no idea what to expect from here, but it’ll probably be epic.

The third movie of Phase 3 will be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Guardians 1 did so well, it wasn’t hard to guess that a sequel was coming. And yes, despite his apparent death in the first one, Groot will be back. Set to come out on May 5, 2017, this will follow the Guardians as they do “a little good, a little bad, and a bit of both”. Mostly, they’ll be hunting down Thanos, because that’s where the plot lies. Not a lot to talk about here, but there is one big question: the identity of Starlord’s dad.

Mentioned by Yandu at the end of the movie, it left people wondering who he was. Well, in the comics, he was Emperor J’son of Spartax. However, it was confirmed by director James Gunn that this will not be the case in the movies. Therefore, the fan community has decided the most likely candidate to be the “Angel composed of pure light” his mother mentioned is Adam Warlock.

Warlock was made to be the perfect human, and also a weapon. Thankfully, he was born fully formed, physically and morally. When he sensed that they wanted to use him for evil purposes, he lashed out, killing many of his creators. After escaping and having zero social skills, he tried to kidnap Lady Sif from Thor in order to mate with her. Thor obviously wasn’t happy about it, and saved her. After this, he put himself inside a cocoon so he could eventually be reborn out of it.

And this cocoon was in Guardians 1. Twice. Specifically, in the Collector’s room. Interesting, no? And, just to prove his awesomeness, he was at first referred to as only “him”. That’s it. Epic.

He has a lot of magic, similar to Strange, and refers to himself as a “Quantum Magician”. Also epic. He can teleport, manipulate souls, matter, and energy, and he’s also psychokinetic, amongst other things. Also, he is closely connected to the Soul Gem, an Infinity Stone, which will probably feature here.

I also think that, during the course of this movie, Thanos will be very active, taking the Power Gem from the Nova Corps, the Reality Gem from The Collector, and the Soul Gem from Adam Warlock.

The fourth movie will be Spider-Man, coming out on July 28, 2017. This one is probably generating the most buzz, since they just recently got the rights back from Sony. The big question is which villain it will have. It was confirmed that the villain won’t be anyone we’ve seen before onscreen, so that knocks out: Green Goblin, Doc Ock, New Goblin, Venom, Sandman, Lizard, Rhino, Electro, and anyone else who appeared in Amazing Spider-Man 2. There have been rumors of some of the producers buying copies of Kraven’s Last Hunt. I’d be perfectly happy to see either him or the illusionist Mysterio in the movie.

Also, if any movie were to cross over with the Netflix series, this would be the one, since it takes place in New York, and usually a little more street-level than the big guys. I still doubt much more than a reference though.

That’s all I really have on this movie thus far. Yay me.

The next movie is Thor: Ragnarok, on November 3, 2017. This film will be one of the most important yet many surmise, especially considering the limited number of movies left on Chris Hemsworth (Thor)’s contract, and a tweet by co-writer Chris Yost saying, “Ragnarok is the end of all things. What are we supposed to do, let people live?”

For those of you who haven’t heard of Ragnarok before, it’s the norse Apocalypse. Directly translated to “Twilight of the Gods”, the story goes that the frost and fire giants will join together to fight the gods of Asgard, eventually submerging the world in water to be reborn anew. So, in other words, death and destruction. The makings of a good movie. At this point, Loki is on the throne of Asgard. This will be one of Chris Hemsworth’s last Marvel movies, next to the two Avengers movies. They may redo the contract after, but you never know how that will turn out. Just a warning, this movie will be more linked to Norse lore than either of its predecessors.

If it’s similar to the comic story arc of the same name, I expect it to go like so:

It’ll start with Thor and his posse headed to pay respects to the recently deceased dwarven craftsmen who created Mjolnir for Odin. When they get there, they’re attacked by some of Loki’s goons: Hyrm, Ulik “The Invincible”, and Fenris “The Wolf”. A stone pillar is knocked on Thor and another teammate (replaced by Sif in the movie probably). Thor is only dazed, but the teammate is feared dead. He continues to fight, but eventually Mjolnir is broken. Thor returns to Asgard to find a battlefield, caused by Loki’s goons. Many Asgardians were slain, including Balder, Thor’s secret half-brother, whose death was foretold to trigger Ragnarok.

Some of Thor’s people go to Alfheim, home of the Light Elves, with an injured Sif, looking for safety and aid. They get some, but are approached by Naglfar, the Ghost Ship, and fear the end. Later, one of them, Volstagg, finds Thor, who is recovering from battle. He reveals that the rest of the posse had been killed by the Ghost Ship. Returning to the battlefields to survey the damage and recruit warriors, they are attacked by Fenris, who knocks Thor off into space. At this point in the comic he meets Beta Ray Bill, who may or may not appear. In the comics, Bill is a Korbinite cyborg proves himself worthy of wielding Mjolnir, and is gifted another powerful hammer, Stormbreaker, by Odin. Chances are though, he won’t appear here unless he is introduced somewhat in Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, however.

If Bill appears, then he will destroy Fenris. If not, then Thor defeats the Wolf himself. After healing some, he decides to do some soul searching on Midgard, or Earth. If Jane Foster appears anywhere in the movie, here would be the best time. Eventually, he begins to meditate in a temple, when he is approached by a spirit who says that Odin came here once to meditate as well, and that Thor would have to die to make progress. After learning this, he makes his way to the Yggdrasill, the World Tree, and hangs himself in it, dying so he can gain the power of the runes. He travels deep into this ancient knowledge, but initally refuses to follow his destiny to end the Ragnarok cycle.

He awakens in Hel, where those souls not worthy to join Odin in the halls of Valhalla go after death. Here, he meets his father’s spirit, who protects him from Hela, the realm’s ruler and daughter of Loki, and then teleported him to meet Those Who Sit Above in Shadow, spirits who feed off the energies created by the Ragnarok Cycle. They reveal that Thor, now influenced by man, is now unpredictable, and can end the cycle, which was Odin’s plan all along. It may end up that the movie takes out Those Who Sit Above and instead have Odin’s spirit just tell Thor these things. He learns what he must do to end it, and returns to Valhalla, which has been rebuilt by Loki in his own image. He is attacked by Mangog, a beast made up of the hate of millions of spirits that were killed by Odin. However, now under control of The Odinforce, the source of Odin’s power, he simply dispels the souls. He easily defeats Loki and announces his intention to end the Ragnarok Cycle once and for all.

Thor then approaches Odin’s mortal enemy, the demon Surtur, who reforges Mjolnir for him as long as Thor gives him and his army a path to Asgard, so that they can raze the realm and give the Asgardians a glorious final battle. He then goes to the Three Norns (the Norse equivalent of the Three Fates) and destroys their loom, ending the Ragnarok Cycle, killing Those Who Sit Above in Shadow, destroys Yggdrasil, and ends all life that is not on Midgard. In the movie I’ll guess this ends with a heroic sacrifice of Thor dying, though he survived and simply “took a rest” in the comics.


The only other thing I can think of for this movie is that, since Heimdall has the Tessaract, aka the Space Gem, Loki will probably take it from him and use it in this movie, and then it’ll get sent over to Thanos.

And then we finally get to the big guns: Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, on May 4, 2018. This will feature any and all heroes who survived the Civil War, Ragnarok, and whatever else happens. It’ll be featuring Thanos finally doing something other than sitting in his chair. Probably he’ll spend the first part of the movie collecting the Infinity Stones he hasn’t already received, probably the last being the Mind Stone embedded in Vision’s forehead, probably killing him. Also, characters who are dead, such as Captain America, Quicksilver, or Thor, may resurrect for another appearance. However, I doubt the use of Black Panther, Captain Marvel, or the Inhumans just yet, due to their movies not coming out. Also, the long-awaited Avengers/Guardians meeting will probably happen here.

Since it’s probably based on the 1991 crossover event “Infinity Gauntlet”, it’ll probably go like so:

Just a reminder, I’m guessing that Thanos will already have the Space Gem (Thor: Ragnarok), the Power Gem, the Reality Gem, and the Soul Gem (Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2). He’ll probably get the Time Gem from Doctor Strange and the Mind Gem from the center of Vision’s forehead pretty early in the movie, killing him, and become all-powerful. He’ll probably snap his fingers and kill off a great majority of the universe, like he did in the comics, just for fun (since I’m assuming that the character of Death won’t be in the movie). In the comics, Wong and Hawkeye are among the missing. He’ll resurrect Nova, since he never knew that she betrayed him, and she’ll probably fight Gamora again sometime.

The space bound Avengers (given space breathing by Strange) will find him, but get demolished. They’ll probably be saved by the Guardians in a “Big Freaking Heroes” moment, where the teams will meet. My hope is that, for most of the movie, they will be tracking Thanos on their on their own, and that their first appearance will be Rocket’s voice saying “This is a Hadron Enforcer” and going through that bit from the first movie, and firing it at Thanos directly. Thanos escapes, the two teams decide to work together, end first movie.

Black Panther, which will be released on July 6, 2018, will be a much smaller-scale movie than the last one. Mostly taking place in Wakanda, this will do more to introduce Black Panther, who will probably be a major player in Phase 4, than to lead up to Infinity War Part 2.

The villain will probably be Ulysses Klaw, who gave Ultron his vibranium during Age of Ultron. He’ll have his sound powers and synthetic hand, like in the comics, and the movie will probably start with him killing T’Chaka, T’Challa’s father, and T’Challa trying to get revenge as Klaw prepares for something bigger and better. It’ll end with Klaw’s defeat and T’Challa becoming King of Wakanda.

The next movie, Captain Marvel, which will premiere on November 2, 2018, will be very cosmic. Carol Danvers in an Air Force pilot who has superhuman strength, speed, durability, et cetera, as well as flight and some other stuff. In the comics, she’s dated War Machine and had the hots for Spider-Man, so one of them will probably feature as a love interest in this movie.

She gained her powers after being knocked into a Kree machine called a Psyche-Magnetron, and pretty much became a human with Kree powers, though it took her months to figure it out. Eventually, she became a member of both The Avengers and The Guardians of the Galaxy.

For villains, I think it’d be easy to settle with the Kree, who’ve featured a lot in the MCU so far and would serve as good villains here, since she gained her powers from them. Also, on the heroic side, there’s a chance we’ll see Mar-Vel, the first Captain Marvel, though if he appears he’s sure to die.

Also, as I mentioned earlier, Defenders may be pushed back to here.

Now for that other thing, Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, on May 3, 2019.

This movie will probably have Thanos move to Earth to take out the home of the heroes who are giving him the most grief. Here we’ll see everyone. Spider-Man. The Defenders are rumored to show up. Awesomeness.

I’ll guess that, like in the comics, during this part Thanos will become an astral being, and leave his physical self long enough for Nova to take the gauntlet for herself, depowering him and forcing him to team with the Avengers. Chances are, also like in the comics, she’ll undo most of the damage done by Thanos. This will also be a way to bring dead characters back to life. Adam Warlock will then become one with the Soul Gem and use this power to remove the Infinity Gauntlet from her hand, which will cause the Avengers/Defenders/Guardians begin to fight with Thanos, who is fighting against Nova, to retrieve the gauntlet in the middle of space. It’ll end with Warlock getting the gauntlet and becoming a just god, Nova dying (again), and Thanos going into a self-imposed exile. Then the superhero teams will split, and everything will have changed.

The end of Phase 3, Inhumans, will premiere on July 12, 2019. According to some fan theories, Quicksilver will come back to life during the Infinity War and join the team as the main character/audience stand-in. It’s unknown if a lot of SHIELD characters will be in this movie, but most people doubt it, due to Kevin Feige’s distaste for the TV side of the MCU. During this time, he’ll probably meet his future wife, Crystal, an Inhuman who can control the elements, which includes pyromancy, geomancy, aquamancy, and aeromancy. Not a bad power set. I can’t say much about this movie, though, until we know whether or not the SHIELD team will be featured here.

So there we have it. My thoughts on Marvel’s Phase 3. What do you guys think?


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